BOBKAT’65 “THIS LONELY ROAD”
March 2015: Inspired by mid-1960s American “Teenbeat-Kiddie Garage” records, three friends from Asturias in Northern Spain decide to form a band. Even their name is unique, inspired by the Bobkat model guitar manufactured by the Harmony Company in the mid-60s.
Focused on writing and performing songs in this mold, Ana (Guitar, Vocals), Paula (Bass, Vocals) and Diego (Drums) played their very first live gig six months later in Oviedo, Asturias. Building on the success of their debut, more shows followed in Spain, France, England, and Portugal. The trio also performed at Garage Rock Festivals in Barcelona, Spain (Mini Gambeat), France (Mess My Mind), and Hamburg, Germany (Garageville).
BOBKAT’65 recorded their first pair of songs at Estudios Circo Perrotti in Gijon with help from well-known analog recording studio owner/producer Jorge Explosion. “GWANI,” an original song named after Ana’s lovable pet, is backed by a moody rendition of “TIME,” originally recorded by Dexter & The Derbies in 1967. After catching the attention of the Garage Rock gurus at Get Hip Recordings, BOBKAT’s first 45 was issued in late spring 2016 to rave reviews worldwide
That brings us to July 2017 and the release of BOBKAT’65’s debut album, THIS LONELY ROAD. Jorge Explosion manned the control board again, capturing new, original material and a handful of well-chosen obscurities recorded by American Teenbeat combos. The album’s unifying theme mirrors that of the vast majority of tunes featured on the Pebbles and Teenage Shutdown compilation series: loneliness—the feeling of being an outcast, finding it difficult to fit in. Songs range in style from moody ballads to beat-pounding, punk-tinged rants influenced by well-known ’60s Garage groups like The Dovers, Billy & The Kids, The Nightcrawlers, and Thursday’s Children–all delivered, of course, with BOBKAT’65’s unique Kiddie Teenbeat Garage Rock vibe.
BOBKAT’65 plans to showcase the LP during tours of Italy and select U.S. cities throughout the remainder of 2017.